Somerville MA recently received bronze-level recognition by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community. The city added 10 miles of streets marked for bicycling last year and will add another 11 this year, making it approximately a 30-mile bicycle network. “We do not just pay lip service to treating bicycles as an equivalent mode of transportation to automobiles, we back it up with action,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “When we redesigned Somerville Avenue, we made bike lanes an essential part of the design. The same is being done with Broadway in East Somerville. Well-marked streets make it safer going for cyclists and for automobile drivers. It also increases the opportunities for people to get out and be active. On top of that, more people on bicycles means cleaner air, less dependency on foreign oil and less traffic congestion for everyone.”
The Somerville Community Path extends from the Cambridge border near Davis Square to the Cambridge border near Lechmere Square. 1.3 km of the path is finished and in use. The path is lit at night and snowplowed in the winter. When completed, the project would connect the Minuteman Bikeway, Fitchburg Cutoff Path, and Cambridge Linear Park to the Charles River Bike Path and downtown Boston.
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